Church Music Forward
"Preserving Traditions with Imagination"

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Meet our Board of Advisors:

Jessica Nelson

Jessica (b. 1983) is a native Mississippian and holds degrees from Millsaps College and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, as well as the Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. She served All Saints' Episcopal Church in Tupelo, MS as organist/choirmaster from 2010-2017 and currently serves as organist/choirmaster of St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS.

She directs the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy, which draws participants from all over the United States and from beyond the Episcopal Church. In 2015, she was appointed to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church in the United States and also serves on the board of the Leadership Program for Musicians. Jessica has taught on the music faculties of the University of North Alabama and Northeast MS Community College. In her spare time, she composes a little and watches Netflix a lot. Her other choral works are available from Paraclete Press and Church Music Forward. 

Michael Sanchez

R. Michael Sanchez was born--to his great surprise!--in Walla Walla, Washington and grew up in nearby Milton-Freewater, Oregon.  He attended Mt. Hood Community College on a jazz trumpet scholarship and earned his Bachelorís Degree and teaching credentials at Portland State University.  During his time at MHCC, Michael started studying voice and has served as a tenor section leader at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon.  

Michael has served as Music Director at St. Paulís Episcopal Church in Oregon City, Oregon and currently serves as Handbell Choir director and Verger at Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the Vergersí Guild of the Episcopal Church.

Keeping a modest performance schedule, Michael plays trumpet in pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, symphonic bands, and a variety of other groups.  He sings in studio sessions, private functions, choirs, musical theatre, at church (of course!), and other events around the Portland Metro area.  

Michael has worked as a music engraver for a major sacred music publishing company and regularly arranges, orchestrates, and engraves music for clients in the US and Canada.   

Currently, Michael is a Band Director in the Camas School District in Camas, Washington.  

Jeremy Sullivan

Jeremy Sullivan has enjoyed the rarity of calling Virginia home despite being reared in a military family.  He 'caught' piano early on and was observed picking out melodies from hymns sung in worship on his grandmother's instrument.  His dream was to be another "Mr. Holland" from the movie, Mr. Holland's Opus, except as a choral musician.  A sense of calling to a vocation in ministry after his first year of college brought a shift to his studies and he completed his undergraduate degree in Church Music at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2001.  He earned his Master's of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005 receiving the Hoyt Hickman Award for liturgical scholarship and practice.  He was later ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  

Jeremy served two Nazarene congregations in Virginia and ministered as a hospice chaplain before joining other "evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail" finding a new home in the Episcopal Church. Embracing bivocational ministry, he teaches in a two-way Spanish/English immersion elementary school and is Director of Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Washington, D.C.  

In addition to avoiding the temptation to become a Pinterest-perfect teacher he enjoys Metro rides in the capital region, long walks through D.C., and uncomplicated knitting projects.  A contemplative with a love for monasticism, he craves prayerful silence as much as he delights in sacred song.